Entries tagged with: power electronics
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Ramleh @ Nothing Changes / Home Sweet Home, 1/28/2015
Power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh just played two NYC shows, a rare visit for these Brits. The first was a late, late Wednesday night (1/28) show at the Nothing Changes party at Home Sweet Home. Ramleh members Anthony di Franco and Gary Mundy also did solo sets as JFK and Kleistwahr, respectively. Power and noise were on full display as their sets pulverized earplugs. Add to the the party's ubiquitous fog machines, it was full-on sensory overload.
Thursday night (1/29), Ramleh hit Saint Vitus for a show with JFK, Alberich, Theologian, and York Factory Complaint. Anyone go to that one? Pictures from the Nothing Changes are in this post and continue below...
When Gary Mundy formed Ramleh and the Broken Flag label in 1982, he was a primary participant in the UK power electronics scene, which attempted to outdo the industrial template first drawn by Throbbing Gristle. Very much a product of their time, his recordings were violent sonic bursts laced with proto-fascist and misogynist imagery, given vulgar titles meant to shock. Mundy and co-conspirator Philip Best quickly rose from this noise ghetto by applying the scene's best aspects (experimentation, improvisation, volume) to a more traditional rock format. Along with its sister group Skullflower, Ramleh laid the foundations for improvisational noise rock with a stubborn intensity that catered to no one. The band rarely issued records in quantities greater than 500, live shows were few and far between and cover art and liner notes were filled with cryptic drawings, photographs and abstract writings. Their sound remained reliably rooted in an unwavering formula: plodding heavy drums, an endlessly repetitive low-end bass groove and wave upon wave of guitar screech. - [Trouser Press]British power electronics and noise rock pioneers Ramleh, who are currently Anthony di Franco, Gary Mundy, and Martyn Watts, will be playing two rare NYC shows in NYC in early 2015: January 28 at Home Sweet Home for Nothing Changes with JFK and Kleistwahr, and then January 29 at Saint Vitus with JFK, Alberich, Theologian, and York Factory Complaint. Ramleh are promising each night wil completely different, divergent sets. Tickets to both shows go on sale Monday (11/3) at noon.
JFK is one of Anthony di Franco's solo projects, and Kleistwahr is the solo moniker of Gary Mundy. The three local acts on the VItus show fit the bill well too, and you can also catch Alberich at the same venue on 11/6 (tickets). These are Ramleh's only North American dates that we know of. A few Ramleh streams below...
Pharmakon at Saint Vitus earlier this year(more by Fred Pessaro)
Set times for the Red Bull Music Academy's noise/drone extravaganza tonight (May 2) at the Knockdown Center in Queens have been announced. Drone Activity in Progress, which will feature sets from KTL, Vatican Shadow, Body/Head (Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, who also performed last night), Prurient, Grassmas, Mick Barr, Pharmakon, Alberich and many others, will bring the noise to this show (which appears sold out). UPDATE: Tickets BACK on sale. You can snag a shuttle bus from the Jefferson L if you don't feel like making the walk, though it promises to be a lovely evening.
Flyer and set times are below.
The Ende Tymes Festival returns for 2013, taking over Silent Barn from May 24 - 26. The three day event will feature "noise, experimental music, sound art, and video," looping in names like Aaron Dilloway, Jean-Sébastien Truchy, ISA Christ, Vomir and many many more.
The festival is currently attempting to raise funds via Indiegogo to cover some costs and is looking for video exhibitions as well. While day-to-day schedule is still forthcoming, full lineup for the fest and a few related videos are below.
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus, 1/13/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro //BBG)
Raspberry Bulbs concluded a set of dates with Salvation and Pharmakon last night at Saint Vitus (1/13), bringing their stomping and unique brand of punk-laced black metal to a ravenous, moshing audience. Check out more pictures at Invisible Oranges.
Raspberry Bulbs (mems Bone Awl, Rorschach, Violent Bullshit) recently recorded a new LP at Heaven Street studios, though no word as to when we'll see the LP.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Natural Assembly's gothic, synth-heavy beats will sit alongside appearances from headliner Alberich, Endless Humiliation and Âmes Sanglantes as part of a show at Saint Vitus tonight (1/11). The appearance is one of only two for the duo (who played Philadelphia's Kung Fu Necktie last night), half of which will also perform as part of power electronics band Cremation Lily. Tickets are still available.
Head below for a stream of Alberich, Natural Assembly and Cremation Lily material...
Raspberry Bulbs at Saint Vitus, Oct 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed Raspberry Bulbs / Salvation / Pharmakon show at Saint Vitus on January 13 (tickets) has expanded to an extended weekend tour. Check out the dates of the four-day run below. Raspberry Bulbs contains members of Bone Awl, Rorschach, Italian Horn and more, and the band recently reissued Demos 2009/2010 via Personnel Records (a subsidiary of Seed Stock).
Pharmakon is hitting the road for a string of dates with Soren and Foreplay on the West Coast next week.
All tour dates are listed below along with video.